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Manchester Students are Engaged in Pet Rescue Collaboration

Manchester schools recently began a collaboration with All Fur One Pet Rescue as a method to engage students while meeting curriculum standards and the project is really taking off. Third graders are practicing persuasive writing, middle school home economics students are making dog treats, and one family was so engaged that they adopted one of the pets.

"One of the goals of our district collaboration with All Fur One Pet Rescue is to create awareness and empathy from the students as they are engaged in their lessons," said Manchester Middle School teacher Kristine LaPorte.  "Nothing demonstrates that more than a family opening their home to an animal in need.  Congratulations to the Donato family in their adoption of Muffin, a cat who needed a 'furever' family.  One of the Donato children was in a class where they used the adoptable cats for a lesson and went home to let his family know about them.  They were able to adopt her a few days later."

Students holding their writing projects

At Ridgeway Elementary School, Mrs. Palmer's third graders took on the persona of one of the adoptable cats in order to persuade a potential adopter to take them home.  Mrs. Palmer said, "The students did an outstanding job thinking like a cat! They were challenged to try and come up with things to say differently than what is already on the website. They were really motivated by this and loved the project."

Writing project  with drawing of cat

At Manchester Middle School, Ms. Toto's home economics classes baked pupcakes. These healthy dog treats were wrapped and donated to the new adopters when they came to pick up their new 'furever' friend. Students learned about making sure the ingredients were safe for dogs as well as the skills involved in making them.

Pupcake treats

Some other projects at the middle school are:

  • Mrs. Chinery's 7th grade ELA classes- research and persuasive writing
  • Mrs. Prusecki's 8th grade ELA classes- persuasive writing project
  • Mrs. Stinmore-Tordik's Self Contained Autism Class- creating dog toys while practicing fine motor skills
  • Mrs. Oizerowitz's Art Club- painting adoptable pet portraits
  • Mrs. Otto's Math Class- animal welfare based word problems and budgeting skills using AFO's treasury report

At Manchester Township High School, Mrs. Kelly's Math and Computer Science classes are working on math and computer programming applications.

Ms. LaPorte says that this initiative is easily adapted into most classes. She invites teachers who have an idea or need help designing a lesson around a particular standard to contact her at the Middle School. klaporte@mtschools.org .